MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a long and, for some, frustrating week of commuting in south Minneapolis, the Hiawatha Light Rail service once again resumed operations in all stations.
Service was suspended between three stops along Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday after a suspension cable was found snapped from the nearby Martin Olav Sabo pedestrian bridge.
Metro Transit shut down service out of concern about the bridge’s stability. All week, buses transported rail passengers between the Franklin Avenue and 38th Street stations.
The detour added between 15 minutes to a half-hour to riders’ commute times.
On Friday at 1:15 p.m., crews announced that support structures had been put in place underneath the pedestrian bridge.
The bridge recovery team’s inspections were met with satisfaction that the light rail service could once again begin in the area.
As of Friday afternoon, Highway 55 remained closed between 26th Street and Lake Street. The Department of Transportation is working to see when the road can reopen.
The pedestrian bridge itself is closed until further notice.